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  • Mood Style: African Print Detachable Skirt

    African prints have been taking the fashion world by storm the last couple of years and once you lay eyes on their beautiful shapes, vibrant colors, and gorgeously bold patterns, it's not difficult to see why. For today's DIY I decided to hop on this trend with a skirt that can easily transition from every wear to a glamorous, couture look.
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    First I wanted to make a simple, chic pencil skirt. They're so versatile and can be worn anywhere - out to dinner or simply out shopping, depending on how it's styled. I followed view C of McCall's pattern 3830. Pockets were a necessary alteration. How can you have a skirt with no pockets? Below is a template of the shape I used. I placed the diagonal line of the pocket's opening along one of the diagonals of the skirt 's print in order to make the pockets fairly unnoticeable. The fun part of this project was a detachable skirt! A pencil skirt can be worn everywhere, but this part of the ensemble can be worn a million different ways. Throw it over your bathing suit for an adorable cover up, pair it with some denim shorts for a casual summer look, or keep it with the matching pencil skirt to take it from cute to couture. To create the shape of the skirt, I began much like I would be making a basic circle skirt. However, I added 5" to my waist measurements to account for the two pleats I knew I'd be placing toward the front of the skirt. Instead of making an even circle all the way around, I created more of an oval shape to create the hi-low silhouette. The back of my skirt is about 45", while the sides are 22". I connected the points with a freehand curve, like you see in the above diagram. The fabric was just a few inches too short along the width to make the skirt all one piece, so I cut two sides and gave the skirt a seam down the back. The skirt was lined with a simple poly lining, and the waistband was a 3" wide rectangle of the same fabric. A couple of sew-on snaps completed the garment and it was ready to wear! Are you going to be trying this project on your own? Which print will you be using?
  • Neoprene ruffles

    A couple of years ago I fell madly in love with neoprene, and not your normal run of the mill neoprene but the neoprene that's disguised as a sweatshirt in the form of this jersey back neoprene.  As soon as I spotted it on moodfabrics.com I knew it would be the best fitting most comfortable fabric ever.  It fits beautifully and is extremely easy to work with.  No need to iron and as long as you use a rotary blade, you can keep the edges raw. The pattern I used for the skirt was the instructions from this neoprene self-drafted pencil skirt, with the following alterations: -Removed the zipper (this fabric is comfortable enough to go without -Added a ruffle hem by cutting two pieces of fabric 6"x34".  Sew the left and the right side together and attach to the bottom of the skirt by pleating as you go around. -Top stitch the waist band and where the ruffle meets the skirt.   The top was made using McCall's M6992 with the following alterations: -Added 1" to the height of the neck -Removed 9" from the bottom of the pattern -Added a 1"x20.5" ribbed neck band -Added a 1.5" ribbed sleeve cuff -Cut a 4" curve from the front of the sweatshirt and add a 6"x40" pleated ruffle to the hem -Added a 8"x45" pleated ruffle to the back of the sweatshirt -Added a 20" pleated ruffle to the seam of the sleeve seam of the right side of the shirt and a 12" ruffle to the left side. -Double needle top stitch all the seams   neoprene ruffles4 neoprene and ruffles neoprene and ruffles2 neoprene ruffles3 neoprene ruffles5 grey ruffle neoprene6
  • Mood DIY: Button Size Chart

    Enjoy this free button size chart for all your DIY needs! Print it out and hang it in your own sewing studio, or keep it in your tool kit. What's your favorite type of button to work with? Tell us in the comments below!
  • Mood DIY: Eye Button Shirt Embellishment

    Need a new idea to make that button-up shirt you're working on just a little more eye-catching? This DIY can by sewists and crafters alike! Sewing up your own shirt is an added plus so you can size the placket a little wider than usual. However, if garment creation isn't your usual forte, you can get the same look with an old blouse, some new buttons, and a jar of fabric paint! Fabrics & materials used: If you're simply altering a shirt you already own, be sure to choose buttons to match the buttonholes that already exist. If you're making your shirt yourself, sew your buttonholes and attach your buttons before you start on the eyes. Once those are in place, button your shirt up. Using your temporary marking tool, sketch an almond shape so that it fits around the top and bottom of the button. Repeat for each button. I used the skinniest brush in the pack, with a small dot of paint to trace over the eyes with Jacquard Textile paint. If you've never used it before, it works absolute wonders. It moves with your fabric without stiffening it too much, goes on evenly, and is machine washable. I let my shirt dry for about 20 minutes and then it was all set to wear! Before this project, I had never thought about embellishing a shirt placket, but now I want to do it to everything! What other button embellishment ideas can you come up with?
  • Mood DIY: Free Flared Button Up Shirt Pattern

    Even if there's 2 feet of snow outside, I have my sights set on spring. I'm ready for floral prints and lighter fabrics, so today I got a jump start on a wardrobe for the new season. Mood's new silk charmeuses were perfect for this longline, flared button-up! The large-scale print suits the length of the blouse and the weight lends itself to a gorgeous drape. Fabrics & materials used: To keep the shirt light and draped, I opted against a lining. Because of this, French seams were a must in order to keep the silk from fraying. I began the shirt construction by attaching the front and back panels of the shirt at the sides and shoulders. Next, both front panels needed plackets for the buttons. Each one was interfaced and stitched onto the wrong side of the shirt itself, like you can see above. To avoid visible stitches on the front of the placket, I folded mine over and slip-stitched it into place. I added a single box pleat at the center back before attaching the collar the same way I attached the plackets.In this case, the collar was sewn to the right side of the shirt and slip-stitched on the wrong side. Since the shirt remained unlined, I finished the armholes with 1/4" binding that I made from the same silk as the rest of the blouse. I didn't want any buttons to be visible, so I hand sewed 8 snaps along the inside of the placket. This also omitted the need for buttonholes, which was an added bonus! This pattern is one of my favorites, since it can be altered so many ways - shortened, lengthened, made with a different fabric type entire, sleeves could be easily added. It's versatility is terrific. Are you going to be making any changes when you try it out?
  • Mood DIY: Free Cutout Dress Sewing Pattern

    Sporting bright green on St. Patrick's Day is certainly a fun tradition, but I've always been a fan of a more subtle look for the holiday. This easy to sew pattern features everything you'd want in a cute day-to-night look; flattering cutouts, a nice silhouette, and huge pockets! Plus, you can effortlessly dress it up with heels, or go for a more comfy and casual look with some flats. Fabrics & materials used:
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    DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE

    Pattern pieces 1, 2, 4, and 5 make up your bodice. If you're working with a more translucent fabric, you may want to use a lining, but the jacquard I used was the perfect weight to skip one. Instead, I put the garment together with French seams.

    The skirt gets pleated twice in the front and twice in the back, lining up with the seams of the bodice. Each pleat should be about 2" deep.

    I made the pockets of mine rather large, so they overlap a bit in the front. If you're working with a bulkier fabric, you may want to make them slightly smaller.

    The back was finished with a 24" invisible zipper that I shortened to about 20". If you're unfamiliar with how to insert one, we have a tutorial here! Lastly, I finished off the sleeves, neckline and hem with simple rolled hems. This could be substituted with a full lining, facings, or bias tape! Which are you going to use?
  • Mood DIY: How to Draft a Bridal Robe Pattern

    Getting ready the morning of your wedding is stressful enough; with a minimum of ten thousand things to worry about, you may as well be comfortable! This gorgeous silk robe was easy to draft, and it only took an hour to put together, so you can check one thing off your To-Do List in just an afternoon! Fabrics & materials used: The robe is made up of three simple panels. I kept mine very rectangular to get the drop sleeve shape, but you could easily modify yours to the silhouette you'd prefer. The front is two pieces, each side should be the width of 1/4 your waist size. I then added three inches to each so the robe has a bit of flow. The same math was used for the back, but I placed it on the fold so it's all one piece. The panels are then sewn at the shoulders and up the sides, but be sure to leave a 12" space toward the top for sleeves. For my sleeves, used this gorgeous guipure lace. It has a nice weight and looks absolutely stunning. The length is entirely up to personal preference. This one is about a yard long, with 10" lace trim sewn around the hem and then top-stitched. The last detail is a simple 3" wide belt. I cut two strips along the width of my fabric, so my belt was ultimately about 3 yards long with a seam, in the center. The finished product is beautiful, comfortable, and feels totally luxurious. Will you be making your own? Which trim are you thinking about using?
  • Mood DIY: How to Make Your Own Birdcage Veil

    diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Everyone wants their wedding day to be absolutely perfect, from the dress to the venue, right down to the table settings. So why not have your accessories to be exactly what you're looking for too? Instead of spending another small fortune on your veil, create your own to get your ensemble to match your imagination! diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Fabrics & materials used: diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Mood has a ton of different appliques, brooches, trims, and feathers - anything that you might want to include in your look. For today's DIY, I went with a pearl brooch and a few strands from an ostrich feather. A couple drops of tacky glue kept the feathers in place perfectly. diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s The lace is equally easy to attach. I cut mine into a trapezoid, gathered it along the top three sides, and slid it into the brooch pin. You could also hand-stitch it a few times if you'd like, since the brooch is backed by some felt. diy bridal wedding birdcage veil vintage 1920s Birdcage veils look the best with an updo, so you can secure it to your hair with a few bobby pins! Are you going to be trying out this DIY? Tell me what you're making in the comments!
  • Mood DIY: Free Two-Piece Prom Dress Pattern

     

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    Your prom should be anything but ordinary. It's one of the most anticipated events of one's high school career, so why settle for just another dress off the rack? Making your own means it will be exactly what you want, with the added bonus of being one of a kind!

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    To find some inspiration, I looked at recent bridal and couture lines to see what shapes and colors were trending. Separates kept appearing, and understandably so; the crop top/midi skirt combo looks flattering on many body types and it's a great way to modernize an otherwise modest silhouette. Another common factor was deep wine tones, and I couldn't be more in love. Dark reds are my absolute favorite shades and they look good with so many different skin tones, which is an awesome plus.

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    The bodice I went with was actually made from the pattern in my last DIY post! You can find out how to make it there, and you can download the PDF pattern here!

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    I made just two alterations: the bottom was tapered slightly, and I made a mock neck instead of a ruffle collar. If you've never made one, trace a french curve for about 7-8 inches, move it to the right 2 inches and trace it again so you have 2 parallel curves. Place the more curved end on the fold, like so:

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    To bring a little dimension into the gown, I opted to use this gorgeous guipure lace. It's the perfect overlay for skirts and bodices alike, and the floral makes the dress a little more Spring.

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    The skirt was the easiest part of the whole project. It's just a basic half circle skirt, so anyone can make it! It's even hemmed with some Stitch Witchery to avoid ugly hem stitching.

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    If you're not familiar with half circle skirts, I can walk you through it quite easily!

    1. You'll need to find your radius length. Measure your waist and divide it by 3.14. So if you have a 30" waist, your radius will be 9.5".

    2. Choose how long you'll want your skirt and add 2" for the hem. Keep in mind you'll probably be wearing heels! I made mine 45", hem included.

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    3. Now you can start laying out your fabric. Fold it in half, lengthwise, and mark out your radius from one of the folded corners.

    4. From your radius, measure out the length of your skirt along the fold and selvedge, as well as a few points in between so you can connect the dots to form curves.

    5. Cut out your fabric, and sew up the selvedge to create the perfect skirt! You can also add a waistband if you so choose, and an invisible zipper.

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    Since I chose to use a poly satin (which looks, feels, and drapes beautifully!), it kept the cost down considerably; and for just an afternoon of work, sewing a prom dress is a great alternative to buying one at the store. The possibilities are totally endless though! You can choose your own color, overlay, skirt length, and more! You could even go with a silk to make the look even more luxe! Are you going to try your own?

  • Plaid Houndstooth

    My love affair with menswear probably started in high school when I went through my men's oversized button up phase with tuxedo pants.  Yep, that was high school.  Fortunately, I never grew out of it.  There is everything classic about plaid houndstooth, and even more flattering on women. When I ordered this Armani wool fabric I originally planned a dress but after it arrived it was definitely more suited for a coat.  The online listing doesn't do this fabric justice, it's simply beautiful.  Heavy weight with a stiffer drape would also make a great blazer.  It sews, irons and cuts with ease.   The pattern used for this coat was vintage Simplicity 8310 double breasted coat/dress with the following alterations: -Removed the back seam -Removed the front box pockets and added side seam pockets -Added 3.5" sleeve belts -Remove the sleeve cuffs -Attached the collar to the top of the lapels which allows the collar to remain in an up position -To remove the double breasted appearance, iron the lapels down ending at the waist Plaid coat_mood plaid coat2 sized-IMG_7688 sized-IMG_7710 plaid coat1
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